Arms Control

Ambassador Robert Wood: NPT PrepCom Cluster 1: Nuclear Disarmament and Security Assurances

Statement by the United States in Cluster 1: Nuclear Disarmament and Security Assurances Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Ambassador Robert A. Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Geneva, April 26, 2018 […]

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Statement by Assistant Secretary Ford at the NPT PrepCom / Cluster 1 – Disarmament

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Statement by the United States in Cluster 1: Disarmament Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Christopher A. Ford Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation U.S. Department of State Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Mr. Chairman, The international community […]

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Statement by Assistant Secretary Christopher Ford at the Opening of the 2018 NPTPrepcom

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Today, we open this Preparatory Committee as part of the NPT’s review cycle, meeting in Geneva – the lovely “second city” of the auspicious United Nations organization that a traumatized but hopeful international community built at the close of the last and most horrible of the global conflagrations that convulsed the 20th Century world.

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U.S. Statement on the Outcome of the GGE

The United States continues to believe, per the conclusion from the GGE meeting in November, that the CCW offers “an appropriate framework for dealing with the issue of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems.”

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Arms Control and International Security: Statement by the United States to the OPCW 58th Meeting of the Executive Council

The United States of America has tried repeatedly to use diplomatic, economic, and political tools to stop the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

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U.S. Statement on Possible Options for Addressing the Humanitarian and International Security Challenges Posed by Emerging Technologies in the Area of LAWS

The United States remains interested in sharing practice on weapons reviews with a view towards more States understanding their usefulness in improving States’ implementation of their existing legal obligations and for States that currently conduct such reviews to have an opportunity to learn about good practices of others.

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CCW GGE: U.S. Slide Presentation – Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar System (C-RAM)

The goal of this presentation is to increase understanding of how autonomy in various functions can enhance the ability of weapons serve their intended, legitimate, purposes while also supporting humanitarian interests on the battlefield In this case, helping protect people and installations against attacks by rockets, artillery, and mortars.

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U.S. Statement on the Human Element in the Use of Force

The human element in the use of lethal force is an important topic in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, and we share our own experience in this regard.

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CCW: U.S. Statement on Characterization of the Systems under Consideration

U.S. Department of Defense policy does not use definitions to decide in the abstract what may be good or bad uses of autonomy. The GGE should also not create characterizations based upon abstract conceptions of autonomy.

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U.S. Statement at CCW GGE Meeting on LAWS

The United States continues to believe that it is unnecessary for the GGE to adopt a specific working definition of LAWS.

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